Oliver Twist: a new adaptation for Ramps on the Moon

By Graeae Team, June, 26 2019

In Spring 2020 Leeds Playhouse will present a new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic novel Oliver Twist.

Bold, brutal and beautiful, this brand new version of the play is adapted by award-winning playwright Bryony Lavery and will be directed by Leeds Playhouse’s Associate Director Amy Leach, with dramaturgical support from Graeae’s Artistic Director Jenny Sealey.

The production opens at Leeds Playhouse in Spring 2020 ahead of visiting Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse, Sheffield Theatres, New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich and Theatre Royal Stratford East, all who are part of the Ramps on the Moon consortium alongside Graeae, the UK’s leading disabled led theatre company.

Born and raised in a life of poverty and misfortune, orphaned Oliver Twist travels to London on life-changing adventure. There he meets the Artful Dodger and joins a gang of pick pockets led by the miserly Fagin, the terrifying Bill Sykes and the kind Nancy.

Every performance of Oliver Twist will feature integrated creative sign language, audio description and captioning. The production plays in Leeds Playhouse’s Quarry theatre from 28 February – 21 March 2020 ahead of a UK tour.

Now in its fourth year, Ramps on the Moon is a consortium of seven major UK theatres plus partner company Graeae committed to putting D/deaf and Disabled artists and audiences at the centre of their work. Each year, one of the organisations becomes the lead producing partner creating a large scale new production which champions diversity both on and off stage. Previous Ramps on the Moon productions include Our Country’s Good, The Who’s Tommy and The Government Inspector.

Tickets are on sale to Leeds Playhouse Pass members and Patrons from Wednesday 26 June at 10am, with tickets on general sale from 10am on Monday 1 July.

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  • Oliver Twist Productions

    Oliver Twist

    This bold, brutal and beautiful new version of Oliver Twist sends you on a dark adventure through the twisted streets of London. Adapted by award-winning playwright Bryony Lavery, every performance of Oliver Twist will feature the use of integrated creative sign language, audio description and captioning.